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Penumbra extends "Love"

Posted by: Rohan Preston under Theater, People, Red hot Updated: November 22, 2011 - 1:22 PM



Photo by Michal Daniel.


Apparently, audiences cannot get enough of Dennis Spears as Nat King Cole in "I Wish You Love."

The tuner by Dominic Taylor about Cole, the pioneering singer and TV host, has been extended at Penumbra Theatre in St Paul, where its revival opened over the weekend. The show has added 14 performances and will now close Dec. 18.

Directed smoothly by Penumbra founder Lou Bellamy, "Love" stars Dennis Spears in a portrayal of cool totality. The show played Penumbra earlier this spring but was unable to extend to meet demand because of scheduled engagements at Washington's Kennedy Center and at the Hartford (Conn.) Stage.

It was hurried added to the schedule and has since been revised, with two songs cut and the lead character filled out a little more.

The cast also includes Michael Tezla as a news anchor and network TV official and Kevin D. West as a smooth bass-player.

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